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  • Need a Drug to Save Your Life? This Obamacare App May Prevent You From Getting It

    07/17/2014 6:46:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/17/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare’s emphasis on cost-benefit has apparently granted permission for the medical technocrats to conjure all kinds of healthcare rationing schemes.And the Medical Establishment is apparently playing along. From, “The Cancer Death-Panel App,” by Robert Goldberg in the NY Post: The latest innovation in cancer care isn’t a medical breakthrough but an app to ration new drugs. It’ll measure care in terms of what it costs health plans, instead of what it means for patients’ lives.That it’s being developed under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, the world’s leading oncology association, is a grim warning about...
  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

    07/17/2014 6:40:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/16/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • Some South Florida docs decline to accept Obamacare

    07/13/2014 6:42:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | DANIEL CHANG
    After being without health insurance for two years, Miranda Childe of Hallandale Beach found a plan she could afford with financial aid from the government using the Affordable Care Act’s exchange. Childe, 60, bought an HMO plan from Humana, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, and received a membership card in time for her coverage to kick in on May 1st. But instead of being able to pick a primary care physician to coordinate her healthcare, Childe says she repeatedly ran into closed doors from South Florida doctors who are listed in her plan’s provider network but refused...
  • Obamacare: Massive backlog stalls Medi-Cal expansion

    06/29/2014 6:46:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 28, 2014 | By Helen Shen
    A mountainous backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third month, but California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation might be cleared. Not only has application processing been delayed, the state has also fallen behind in sending final notifications to enrollees, officials confirmed. Meanwhile, many low-income people who qualify for Medi-Cal are showing up at community clinics and costly emergency rooms as they have in the past. Others are putting off care. The holdup in Medi-Cal approvals has led to financial uncertainty for many of California's community health clinics,...
  • Confusion over doctor lists is costly for Obamacare enrollees in state

    06/29/2014 6:29:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 28, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    Frustration and legal challenges over the network of doctors and hospitals for Obamacare patients have marred an otherwise successful rollout of the federal healthcare law in California. Limiting the number of medical providers was part of an effort by insurers to hold down premiums. But confusion over the new plans has led to unforeseen medical bills for some patients and prompted a state investigation. More complaints are surfacing as patients start to use their new coverage bought through Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange. "I thought I had done everything right, and it's been awful," said Jean Buchanan, 56....
  • Healthcare Update Satellite — 06-23-2014 [CCW/Gun-related]

    06/25/2014 1:14:16 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 13 replies
    Whitecoat's Call Room ^ | June 23rd, 2014 | Dr Whitecoat
    The right to carry a concealed weapon only exists if your doctor says so. Many states are requiring that physicians certify whether patients are competent to carry a concealed weapon. Some states require mandatory reporting of those deemed not competent to carry a concealed weapon. Of course, the natural extension of such laws is that if the doctors make an inappropriate determination, then the doctors can be held liable if the certifiee does something inappropriate with the weapon.This New England Journal of Medicine article shows that many doctors aren’t comfortable making that determination. Then again, I’ve heard colleagues threaten that...
  • UnitedHealthcare to cut doctors for Mass. seniors

    06/08/2014 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06/07/2014 | Tracy Jan
    National insurance giant UnitedHealthcare plans to cut up to 700 Massachusetts doctors from its physician network for seniors enrolled in its private Medicare plan as a way to control costs, according to company officials. For elderly patients enrolled in the plan, the cuts mean they will have to find a new doctor or eventually switch to a new health plan that covers their current doctor. The move, effective Sept. 1, follows similar cuts made by the insurer to its Medicare Advantage provider networks in 11 other states... There is also pending legislation in Congress to prevent health plans from cutting...
  • Why We Are Seeing Long Waits And Shortages of Doctors and Basic Medicines in Health Care

    06/07/2014 7:28:30 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 19 replies
    Coyote Blog ^ | June 3, 2014 | Warren Meyer
    This is a re-post of an article I wrote in 2012.  I am re-posting it to demonstrate that recent stories about doctor shortages and wait times are absolutely inevitable results of government interventions in the health care economy.My son is in Freshman econ 101, and so I have been posting him some supply and demand curve examples.  Here is one for health care.  The question at hand:  Does government regulation including Obamacare increase access to health care?  Certainly it increases access to health care insurance, but does it increase access to actual doctors?   We will look at three major...
  • Feds to Consider Paying Doctors for End-of-Life Planning (Death Panels Resurrected)

    06/02/2014 9:36:04 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    Stateline ^ | June 1, 2014 | Michael Ollove
    The federal government may reimburse doctors for talking to Medicare patients and their families about “advance care planning,” including living wills and end-of-life treatment options — potentially rekindling one of the fiercest storms in the Affordable Care Act debate. A similar provision was in an early draft of the federal health care law, but in 2009, former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook to accuse President Barack Obama of proposing “death panels” to determine who deserved life-sustaining medical care. Amid an outcry on the right, the provision was stripped from the legislation. Now, quietly, the proposal is headed...
  • This Family Thought Obamacare Was ‘the Answer’… Until They Found Out Their Plan ‘Doesn’t Even Work’

    05/27/2014 12:02:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 107 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 27, 2014 | liz klimas
    Nick and Rachel Robinson were excited about the possibilities that Obamacare offered them when they found out they were expecting a third child. “It’s one of those times where you hear the news and there’s this immediate sense of joy and excitement like, ‘Yay, a new kid. That’s awesome!’” Nick Robinson told NPR. But the happy news also came with a new set of worries. “What are we going to do? How are we going to pay for this? This is intense.” When the option of the Affordable Care Act became available, the Robinsons believed it was the answer to what they...
  • 2 in 5 Los Angeles community health clinics are ready to serve new Obamacare patients

    05/22/2014 10:35:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    LOS ANGELES - A new study finds that just two in five Los Angeles community health clinics are ready for Obamacare, it was reported today. The finding came out of a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that examined approximately 40 clinics in the Los Angeles area to determine how prepared they were for an expected increase in new patients because of the Affordable Care Act, the Los Angeles Times reported. Under Obamacare, hundreds of thousands of people signed up for health insurance in Los Angeles County, which led the state in sign-ups through Covered California, with...
  • Former Marine can't find a doctor for his Obamacare insurance plan

    05/22/2014 9:34:37 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 22, 2014 | liz klimas
    A California man has been seeking treatment for Lyme disease, something he contracted while on active duty as a Marine, but he’s having a hard time finding a doctor in the San Francisco Bay area that accepts his insurance. The insurance company’s advice? Cancel his plan. KPIX-TV, though, says the fact that he can’t find a doctor within a reasonable distance violates state law and nothing appears to be taking place to fix the issue. The former Marine identified by KPIX by only his first name, Kyle, is covered by Anthem BlueCross through the state exchange Covered California. “I was on the...
  • Obamacare Versus Physician’s Hippocratic Oath

    05/17/2014 6:04:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2014 | Joanne Moudy
    When John R. Ammon, M.D. finished his rigorous training at Harvard and Stanford 36 years ago, he swore to uphold the all important Hippocratic Oath – which proclaims – “Do No Harm.” Looking forward to working as an anesthesiologist, he believed he would never have to compromise that solemn promise. Yet, for Dr. Ammon, as for so many hundreds of thousands of physicians, that oath is progressively more difficult to keep. Dr. Ammon has spent a lifetime of serving and healing his patients. More than just participating in a practice, his personal belief systems made him keenly aware of –...
  • Obamacare brings expanded coverage and higher costs to California

    05/14/2014 6:21:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | MAY 13, 2014 | Chris Megerian
    Nearly one-third of California’s total population -- roughly 11.5 million people -- will be enrolled in Medi-Cal next year.. Enrollment is expected to exceed previous estimates by 1.4 million, and administration officials said it would cost the state $1.2 billion more than originally thought.
  • Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

    05/13/2014 6:36:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5/13/14 | Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press
    MIAMI (AP) -- The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken.Pool's $352 a month gold plan through Covered California's exchange was cheaper than what she'd paid under her husband's insurance and seemed like a good deal because of her numerous pre-existing conditions. But after her insurance card came in the mail, the Vista, California resident learned her...
  • Insurer: Obamacare Customers Must Break ‘Choice Habit’ (choice is only good for abortion)

    05/13/2014 3:15:13 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    Health insurers are now openly admitting that with Obamacare’s reforms, patient choice can no longer be a priority for Americans. “We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” Marcus Merz, CEO of Minnesota insurer PreferredOne, told The New York Times Tuesday. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.” With boatloads of mandatory services provided each and every customer whether they’re wanted or not, health insurers’ costs are going up. If insurance companies are going to keep prices at a manageable level, narrow networks are one of their...
  • Obamacare Myth-Making: Five phony success stories.

    05/10/2014 6:03:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/10/2014 | Jay Cost
    With enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges now closed, Democrats and their friends in the media are ebullient. Obamacare is an enormous success, they say, and conservatives have been humiliated. On closer inspection, however, things seem decidedly less bullish for President Obama’s signature achievement. Among the many exaggerations and inaccuracies the law’s defenders are touting, five stand out. • First, they say that premium rates are down. In support of this, liberals cite research from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), but they misinterpret it. In fact, the CBO’s most recent estimate of premiums shows a decline not from what they were...
  • Obamacare’s Killer Burden on Nurses

    05/07/2014 4:31:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 5/6/14 | Amy Dertz
    The Affordable Care Act means more and sicker patients are entering hospitals, and less comprehensive and timely health care. As the first enrollees in the Affordable Care Act begin seeking care at my hospital, I wonder how my practice as a Registered Nurse will change. We’re told the goal of the new law is to remodel healthcare in the United States into a system that promotes wellness and prevention, rather than just providing care to sick people. This seems like a great objective, but I worry that the switch may compromise the quality of the care our patients receive.
  • A Doctor's Declaration of Independence

    04/29/2014 3:56:05 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 28, 2014 | Daniel F. Craviotto Jr.
    It's time to defy health-care mandates issued by bureaucrats not in the healing profession. In my 23 years as a practicing physician, I've learned that the only thing that matters is the doctor-patient relationship. How we interact and treat our patients is the practice of medicine. I acknowledge that there is a problem with the rising cost of health care, but there is also a problem when the individual physician in the trenches does not have a voice in the debate and is being told what to do and how to do it. As a group, the nearly 880,000 licensed...
  • Disastrous shortage of doctors, hospitals exactly what ObamaCare authors intended

    05/02/2014 10:36:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/2/14 | Doug Book
    Conservatives have known from the start that the true purposes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are: 1.) the eventual implementation of single payer; and 2.) extortion of “acceptable” behavior on the part of the American people in return for life giving, medical care. And the deliberately catastrophic shortcomings created by the authors of ObamaCare have put this fraudulent healthcare scheme right on track to accomplish both. That the Affordable Care Act has little to do with providing healthcare–affordable or otherwise–could not be more obvious. If the intent of politicians was to provide access to medical care for America’s 30...
  • For Newly Insured Under Obamacare, a Steep Learning Curve

    05/02/2014 8:22:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 2, 2014 | Karen Pallarito, HealthDay Reporter
    Sheri Samotin, a California-based patient advocate, knows the ins and outs of health insurance, including how to find a participating physician. But when first navigating the new health insurance options that had sprung from the Affordable Care Act, even she had trouble getting straight answers. Health insurers' provider directories often weren't current, and even doctors' offices were sometimes unsure of what plans they were in. It's just one of the bumps that newly insured Americans and individuals switching health plans may encounter as they try to use their health insurance coverage under Obamacare.
  • Medicaid, the Next Obama Disaster

    04/27/2014 7:39:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    President Obama is doing his victory dance, telling us how his health care plan has become a success because his more than his targeted number (8 million) clicked their desire to have health insurance on a website. We will soon see how many are real policyholders, and later we will see their real costs as everything shakes out with co-pays and renewals next year. What we do know is that Medicaid is a pending disaster waiting to happen. When the Obamacare registration period started we were regularly hearing about all those new Medicaid sign-ups. Then we did not hear about...
  • Obama Backer Finds First 96 DOCTORS She Contacts Won’t Accept Her New Obamacare Insurance…

    04/26/2014 3:01:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 42 replies
    rightwingnews.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | John Hawkins
    She’s reached out to 96 DOCTORS who won’t treat her and it hasn’t changed her mind at all about Obamacare. Wow, you want to talk about “stuck on stupid,” well, this is it. What’s left for conservatives to say to someone who supports a system that puts her through this much other than, “Told you so?”
  • Here's How Much Money Doctors in America Actually Make

    04/21/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/21/2014 | LAUREN F FRIEDMAN
    Medscape, a subsidiary of the medical information website WebMD, has released its 2014 Physician Compensation Report. The data in the report come from more than 24,000 doctors in 25 specialties, who responded to Medscape's annual survey with information on their compensation for 2013.The infographic below shows the average earnings for each surveyed specialty. Orthopedists were the highest earners: In an explanation of their findings, Medscape notes that: "As in the past, those who perform procedures have the highest incomes compared with those who manage chronic illnesses." Some primary care practices saw a slight increase in earnings, "which could reflect early...
  • Nonpayment of ObamaCare Premiums Could Cost Doctors

    04/24/2014 8:24:51 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Jim Angle
    While the debate continues over how many ObamaCare enrollees are actually paying their premiums, one aspect of the law temporarily rewards those who actually stop paying – and doctors may wind up bearing the cost. “This law provides a 90-day grace period for people who have subsidized ObamaCare exchange plans and stopped paying their premium," said Betsy McCaughey, health care author and former New York lieutenant governor. But the insurance companies are only obligated to cover the first 30 days of the 90-day grace period
  • Insurer Admits Nearly 1,000 Doctors Wrongly Placed On Covered California Provider List

    04/22/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 38 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal ^ | April 22,2014 | No Attribution
    Two months after KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch first reported about some doctors listed on the Covered California exchange were actually not accepting the plans, insurer Anthem Blue Cross admitted that nearly 1,000 doctors were erroneously listed. According to a statement by the California Medical Association, the insurer recently notified 965 physicians that they were wrongly placed on the exchange’s list. The notice, which was posted on April 9th, stated that the doctors were “inadvertently” listed for “a certain period of time” during the open enrollment period.
  • Arden Heights woman with chronic illnesses says Obamacare left her without doctors and medication

    04/17/2014 10:01:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    silive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tracy Porpora
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After receiving her new health coverage in January through the New York State of Health Marketplace, Arden Heights resident Margaret Figueroa, 49, who suffers from two chronic illnesses, went to her pharmacy to fill her prescriptions. Although her insurance company, EmblemHealth, assured her she was covered, her insurance card was denied. While she had signed up for new health coverage -- because her insurance carrier dropped her old plan -- the company's internal paperwork apparently wasn't filed. She also learned that all her long-time doctors didn't accept the new insurance plan. For Ms. Figueroa, who suffers...
  • Zero Covered Dentists Within 100 Miles for Mandatory Dental Plan Under Obamacare

    04/17/2014 9:40:37 AM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Scot Vorse
    For years we have known that the claim under Obamacare, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” was false. We have also known that the claim under Obamacare, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” was false. But what we didn’t know was that under Obamacare, “If you need a doctor, you may have to drive more than 100 miles to find a doctor.” I noticed in my new Anthem monthly premium under Obamacare that I was required to pay a separate monthly charge for dental insurance for my two teenage children (I also...
  • Feds Begin Fingerprinting 'High Risk' Medicare Providers and Suppliers

    04/16/2014 4:38:01 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Four years after Obamacare became law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is notifying Medicare providers and suppliers of new fingerprint-based background checks. Eventually, all individuals who hold a five percent or greater stake in a Medicare supplier or provider that is categorized as "high risk" will be subject to the requirement. The provision is part of the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Program Integrity Provisions (Title E) of the Affordable Care Act, and gives the HHS secretary broad discretion in applying the background check requirements depending on the potential for abuse, fraud, and/or waste. The new requirements are...
  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/16/2014 5:31:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 4-16-14
    Nine of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. When did it get this bad? By the end of this year, it’s estimated that 300 physicians will commit suicide. While depression amongst physicians is not new—a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation—the level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise. It’s hard for anyone outside the profession to understand just how rotten the job has become—and what bad news that is for America’s health care system. Perhaps that’s why author Malcolm Gladwell recently implied that to...
  • Health Law Poses a Test in New Hampshire Senate Race

    04/16/2014 7:58:38 AM PDT · by Kenny · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2014 | Janet Hook
    SALEM, N.H.—New Hampshire's rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been one of the rockiest in the nation, putting Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the front lines of Republican efforts to make the 2014 elections a referendum on the health law.Only a single insurer in the state offers policies through the new law. Ten of the state's 26 hospitals and one fifth of its primary care providers aren't in its network. Residents of Concord, the state capital, have to drive to other cities to get covered hospital care.If Ms. Shaheen can weather those conditions, Democrats say it would bode well...
  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/15/2014 5:13:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/15/2014
    Nine of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. When did it get this bad? By the end of this year, it’s estimated that 300 physicians will commit suicide. While depression amongst physicians is not new—a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation—the level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise. Simply put, being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating undertaking. Indeed, many doctors feel that America has declared war on physicians—and both physicians and patients are the losers. Not surprisingly, many doctors want out....
  • One Doctor’s Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing Reality of Obamacare’s ‘War Against Doctors’

    03/28/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 3-28-14 | Emily Hulsey
    In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacare’s “war against doctors.” Here is the full text of the letter, courtesy of Rep. Brooks’ office: Dear Congressman Brooks, As a practicing family physician, I plead for help against what I can best characterize as Washington’s war against doctors. The medical profession has never before remotely approached today’s stress, work hours, wasted costs, decreased efficiency, and declining ability...
  • Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills

    03/19/2014 7:49:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | March 19, 2014 | By Roni Caryn Rabin
    Doctors groups fear their members won’t get paid because of an unusual 90-day grace period for government-subsidized health plans and are urging physicians to check patients' insurance status before every visit. “This puts the physician and their patients in a very difficult situation,” said Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), which advised physicians Wednesday about how to minimize their risk. “If a patient is being treated for a serious illness, that requires ongoing care,” she said. “The physician is having to assume the financial risk for this. That’s the bottom line.” If an enrollee in...
  • White House orders broader Obamacare health plans in 2015

    03/14/2014 5:12:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 123 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 14, 2014 | BY JASON MILLMAN
    The Obama administration is requiring health plans in Obamacare insurance marketplaces to include a more robust offering of care providers in 2015 after some early backlash over limited networks in the health care law's first year. Health plans selling on the federal marketplaces in 2015 must include 30 percent of area "essential community providers," which are usually health centers and other hospitals serving mostly low-income patients. That's up from a 20 percent requirement in 2014, the first year of expanded overage under the health care law. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the marketplaces, will also...
  • Obama: Yeah, a lot of you won’t be able to keep your doctor after all

    03/14/2014 7:58:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Voters in November might be ready to show Democrats what they think about removing choice and hiking costs, as well as their arrogance in determining that a few politicians in Washington know better about their choices than they do. Unfortunately, Barack Obama doesn’t appear to have figured out this problem. In an interview with WebMD, Obama finally acknowledged that, contra his promise, people might not be able to keep the doctors they liked, but that they probably shouldn’t have liked those doctors in the first place:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “For the average person, many folks who don’t have...
  • GOP seeking 5-year mandate delay

    03/12/2014 10:08:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans are considering a bill this week that delays the enforcement of ObamaCare's individual mandate penalties for five years, and uses the savings to prevent a cut in Medicare doctor payments for 10 years. The two ideas are likely to be combined into a single bill: the Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, H.R. 4015. That bill repeals cuts to physician payments, and allows for small increases over 10 years.
  • Seniors, doctors, lawmakers rail against UnitedHealthcare (CT)changes (Losing care due reps vote)

    03/08/2014 4:50:52 AM PST · by raybbr · 28 replies
    nhregister.com ^ | 03/07/14 | Mary E. O’Leary
    hamden >> Seniors and U.S. Rosa L. DeLauro planned their next move Friday as they looked for ways to keep UnitedHealthcare and federal agencies accountable after the large insurer cut Yale-New Haven Hospital and more than 2,200 doctors around the state from their Connecticut networks. DeLauro, D-3, said she will ask the federal General Accounting Office to investigate the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on how it determined the remaining practitioners will be enough to serve patients and whether UHC gave the required notice to Greater New Haven clients. The letter has been signed by all five of Connecticut’s...
  • New Rule Creates Avalanche Of Time-Wasting Paperwork For Doctors

    03/05/2014 6:05:16 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    investors.com ^ | 3/4/2014 | GRACE-MARIE TURNER AND TYLER HARTSFIELD
    Were you hit by a falling kayak? Injured while baking, vacuuming or spending too much time in a deep freeze? Encountered a lamppost for the second time? Were you bitten by a turkey? Never fear, the ICD-10 is here. Starting this October, your doctor will be required to record precisely whether you were bitten or struck by a parrot, macaw, chicken, turkey, or any "other psittacines," or encountered any one of 140,000 other specific medical conditions, injuries or diseases.
  • California doctors, insurers face off over reimbursement rates

    02/24/2014 6:04:04 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 02/23/2014 | Tracy Seipel
    Lowering costs by forcing doctors and insurers to compete for millions of new patients is a primary goal of the nation's new health care law, but a group of gastroenterologists in the East Bay and internists near Chico are exposing a fissure in that plan. There often aren't enough doctors to go around.
  • Worse Than Death Panels: Cookbook Medicine

    02/22/2014 7:50:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    People who worry about death panels are missing the forests for the trees. Yes, people with expensive-to-treat conditions may someday be denied life-saving treatment because of ObamaCare. But there is a far greater danger for ordinary mortals: government and its health insurance proxies telling doctors how to practice medicine. In treating patients with various symptoms, doctors are increasingly pressured to follow guidelines or protocols. This "cookbook" approach to medicine is the opposite of personalized medicine — an approach which aims to tailor the therapy to the characteristics of the patient, including her genetic makeup. Before criticizing it, let me say...
  • WSJ: Poorer counties facing high premiums, few choices, little competition through ObamaCare

    02/13/2014 10:35:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    “My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition. That’s how the market works. Unfortunately, in 34 states, 75 percent of the insurance market is controlled by five or fewer companies. In Alabama, almost 90 percent is controlled by just one company. And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down.” So sayeth President Obama, but so far, his crowning legislative achievement has directly resulted in a whole lotta’ restrictions on consumer choice, while his brand of top-down government-led “competition,” well… isn’t, really. On top of the...
  • A Doctor’s Oath: Government may be poised to mandate that all doctors participate in Obamacare.

    02/15/2014 10:16:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/14/2014 | Marc Seigel
    For me and many other doctors like me, taking care of you has never been about the money. I have always considered it an honor and a privilege to be allowed personal entrance into the private world of your mind and your body. It is very satisfying for me to be able to offer my medical knowledge and experience to help you, my patient. This is why no matter how much or how little you or your insurance company pay me to see you, I will continue to do so. I will not abandon you because the reimbursement I get...
  • Why Obamacare is a Plague on America in 13 Quotes

    02/08/2014 5:33:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2014 | John Hawkins
    1) 1 In 4 Voters Already Know Someone Who Has Lost Insurance because of Obamacare: One in four Americans have either lost their health insurance because of Obamacare or know someone who has, according to a new poll shared first with The Daily Caller. The YG Network Congressional District Poll of 1,652 likely voters in 11 competitive U.S. House districts indicates Obamacare will be a powerful issue that motivates voters in important races in 2014. Twenty-seven percent of respondents claimed knowing someone or personally receiving a health-insurance cancellation notice. 2) Almost all of the people signing up for Obamacare lost...
  • Can't keep you doctor under Obamacare? Try simply finding a doctor in California

    02/05/2014 8:12:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2014 | Rick Moran
    Congratulations! You have successfully signed up for a truly excellent plan on the Covered California website! It's a really, really great plan. Really. Now, good look finding a doctor who will treat you. Los Angeles Times: After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor's office.A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business.Experts have warned...
  • Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices

    02/04/2014 10:32:10 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/4/14 | Chad Terhune
    Many consumers faced hurdles signing up for Covered California health plans. Now they're having trouble finding in-network doctors. After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor's office. A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business. Experts have warned for months that the logjam was inevitable. But the extent of the problems is taking by surprise...
  • California: Obamacare Turning Cancer Patients Away

    02/05/2014 6:20:04 AM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Los Angeles Times reports that once Obamacare customers navigate the confusing websites and pay the (often higher) premiums, they face a new problem: many doctors do not accept Obamacare insurance policies. It tells the story of a cancer patient who was turned away at the oncologist's office, and was only seen by a doctor once state regulators came to her rescue. Her story is not alone: millions will face the same problem. There are two reasons patients will be turned away: one that President Barack Obama hid, and one that he lied about. The first is that there is...
  • I Will Not Implement, Comply . . . (MD letter to Aetna)

    02/02/2014 2:48:14 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 38 replies
    Kris Held MD wordpress ^ | January 30, 2014 | Kris Held MD
    Dear Mr. Bertolini, With a deep sense of sadness, I must inform you that I will no longer serve as a physician for Aetna patients under the terms of our contractual agreement, which you most recently unilaterally changed. I have been privileged and honored to care for thousands of patients covered by Aetna policies since the 1990’s. I have devoted my life to providing the very best, state-of-the-art care to these individuals. We have formed a patient-doctor relationship, which I hope many will chose to continue in spite of my severing ties with Aetna. You see, health insurance has evolved...
  • Covered California clients have trouble finding doctors

    01/24/2014 7:27:50 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2014 | Victoria Colliver
    Think signing up for health insurance through Covered California is hard? Some consumers say the real battle starts when it comes to finding a doctor or hospital that will take a plan purchased through the state-run health exchange.
  • Hundreds in Ohio Lose Their Doctor Due to Obamacare

    01/22/2014 4:07:13 PM PST · by grundle · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 22, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Hundreds in Ohio are losing their doctor due to Obamacare, a local news outlet finds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OBWpMdeln8"With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, some area medical facilities saying, they're no longer able to use some insurance companies," says the anchor. The local reporter adds, "Hundreds of people in the Mahoning Valley can no longer go to their trusted doctors, and local officials say the Affordable Care Act is to blame. Doctors from the Mahoning county medical society sat down with U.S. representative Bill Johnson today, discussing their concerns with United Health Care's decision to drop local doctors, including the Eye...